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Jan 30, 2020

Natulan for patients in St. Petersburg

Hope you had a great start of the year!  Here at Advita USA we are working closely with our partner, Advita Fund in St. Petersburg to help them overcome challenges with supplying medications to cancer patients.  

During 2019, Russian patients faced a new hurdle.  For various reasons, many medications began disappearing from the pharmacies and hospitals.  They included chemotherapy drugs and supporting medications, many categorized as Essential Medicines by World Health Organization.  Sometimes, individual pharmacies would choose pricier drugs to replace cheaper analogs.  Or the government-approved prices were too low for the manufacturers who would decide to exit Russian market altogether. 

Natulan is one of the essential drugs that has been affected.  Also known as procarbazine, it's one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, particularly for Hodgkin's lymphoma and brain cancers.  Since it's been discovered decades ago, in the 1960s, it is one of the cheaper drugs available.  However, it suddenly became difficult to find around the country.  

Recently, we used your donations to purchase $1,800 worth of Natulan for patients in St. Petersburg.  We appreciate your support and hope you continue staying with us.  Unfortunately, supply of medications remains unpredictable and often the medicines are priced much higher than if purchased abroad.   We will continue to monitor the situation and support the patients as necessary.  

Thank you! 

Dec 30, 2019

Last chance to support cancer patients in 2019!


This year we have received fantastic support from our donors!  We spent almost $75,000 to help 12 patients with leukemia find matching bone marrow donors in the registries outside Russia.  It's the largest amount we spent on this program since we started 10 years ago.  Thank you for allowing us to keep growing! 

We would love to offer even more support to cancer patients awaiting transplants. Currently, over 30 patients in St. Petersburg need help to afford bone marrow donor searches.  The sooner they are able to find the donors, the better their chances to beat cancer.

One of these patients is Stephania.  She is a single mom of two young girls.  Stephania is a stylist and hairdresser and has always tried to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Unfortunately, last summer she developed odd symptoms that would not go away: allergies, fatigue, shortness of breath, nosebleeds... It took two months to diagnose her with acute monoblastic leukemia.  This type of leukemia requires bone marrow transplant, but Stephania does not have a matching related donor.  She needs to pay 18,000 euros to find an unrelated donor abroad.  Now that she is hospitalized, she is unable to work, and cannot afford to pay the donor registry bill.  Your help will allow patients like Stephania access treatment that they vitally need.

Thanks again for your support for this important project.  We are truly grateful and wish you a very happy New Year! 

Dec 18, 2019

Last chance to give in this decade!

Happy holidays!
Happy holidays!

As 2019 is coming to an end in about two weeks, an argument is raging on whether the new decade will start on January 1, 2020, or January 1, 2021.  We are also divided on this issue.  But what is clear to us is that we will continue to need your support next year just as much as we do now.

Unfortunately, the pace of progress in pediatric oncology is still slow.  Most of the investment in new drug development goes into adult cancers, which are much more frequent.  Since relatively few children get cancer, it is difficult to enroll enough patients into clinical trials and discover new medications that are more effective and safe. 

The former Soviet Union countries also remain plagued by larger issues of inefficient governments, corruption, and outdated facilities.  Many families of children with cancer are unable to get good answers to their questions, or access treatment protocols that are standard in developed countries.  Some become frustrated and take their children abroad for treatment to ensure they get the best chance to beat the disease.  

Marian's family did just that.  He was only 20 months old when he was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in August.  Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive type of cancer and almost always fatal if it recurs after treatment.  In Marian's native Ukraine, the best treatment regimen involving immunotherapy was not accessible.  His family had to bring him abroad to Spain where he is now receiving appropriate therapy.  Thanks to your donations, we were able to support his family when they reached out to us.

Until the end of the year GlobalGiving is running a contest, with prizes for the most funds raised and the most unique donors.  Donate before December 31 to allow us help even more patients!  In addition, GlobalGiving will match 100% of your first recurring donation, if you make at least 4 monthly payments. 

Thanks again for your kindness! 

We are wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year! 

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